Archive - May 2013
PAWTUCKET - Mary Thomas, neĂ© Doyle, passed peacefully from this world on May 22, surrounded by her family. Born on May 11, 1946 to Beatrice and Laurence Doyle, Mary is survived by her brother Larry Doyle and his wife, Kathy, her daughter Lori Thomas, her grandson Justin Thomas and his wife, Danielle Thomas, her son, Dennis Thomas and Dennis's partner, Craig Pishotti. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Richard Thomas.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Mary was a longtime resident of Pawtucket.
Robert J. Bliss
PAWTUCKET - Robert J. "Bob" Bliss, 84, of Winter Garden, Florida and formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2013. Born on September 20, 1928 in Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Joseph and Florence (Collinson) Bliss.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Plans for consolidating Cumberlandâ€™s four fire districts are causing a rift in the townâ€™s General Assembly delegation that could delay a merger until next year.
LINCOLN â€” The Division I playoffs donâ€™t begin for another eight days, but Wednesday nightâ€™s marquee clash between longtime rivals Lincoln and Cumberland sure had the feel of the postseason in the air.
And like the two teamsâ€™ showdowns of years past, pitching and defense played key roles in their regular-season meeting before a big gathering at Saylesville Elementary Schoolâ€™s Sullivan Field.
Flore I. Fontaine
CENTRAL FALLS - Flore I. Fontaine, 97, formerly of Central Falls, died Monday at St. Antoine Residence, N. Smithfield. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Oliva and Rosanna (Berard) Fontaine.
Miss Fontaine had been employed as a supervisor for Moore Fabric Co. until her retirement in 1975. She was a communicant of St. Mathieu Church prior to moving first to the Villa at St. Antoine and then to the residence. She had been a member of the Children of Mary, and the Golden Agers of St. Matthew, St. Cecilia and Notre Dame Churches.
JosĂ© N. ConceicĂŁo
PAWTUCKET - JosĂ© N. ConceicĂŁo, 77, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Center surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Maria L. ConceicĂŁo. Born in Sta. Barbara, Algarve Portugal and was the son of the late JosĂ© B. ConceicĂŁo and Maria Lucinda Das Neves. He lived in Pawtucket and worked for Algar Construction before retiring. He was a member of the UniĂŁo Portuguesa Beneficente and the Portuguese Social Club of Pawtucket, RI.
Francis A. LaBree
PAWTUCKET - Francis "Tuddy" A. LaBree, 65, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Susan C. (Joyce) LaBree for 36 years and the late Sally (Leighton) LaBree. Born in Attleboro, he was a son of the late Francis W. and Dorothy M. (LeBrun) LaBree.
Frank was a supervisor at Englehard Industries, Plainville, MA, for over 25 years and was an avid baseball fan.
Joan L. Madden
REHOBOTH - Madden, Joan L., 78, of Peck Street, Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of Leo Madden. They were married for fifty-two years.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James and Alice (Amos) Glanvill and stepdaughter of the late Margaret (Morley) Glanvill, she lived in Rehoboth for the past thirteen years, previously living in Pawtucket and Providence.
Richard H. Campbell Sr.
PAWTUCKET - Richard H. Campbell Sr, "Dick" 72, passed on May 21, 2013. He was the loving husband of Donna M. (Lambert) Campbell. They have been married for 52 years.
He was the son of the late Leo and Loretta (Kelly) Campbell.
He had been as a machinist and toolmaker for many years and was the lead guitarist and vocalist of "Country Loving" and other bands since he was a child. He also taught guitar to many.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Concrete evidence as to why Steven Wright is experiencing a downturn on the mound recently was on full display in the first inning of his latest start on Monday.
Dealing with a bases-loaded mess that came about due to a walk and two singles, Wright looked in at Indianapolisâ€™ Jerry Sands, owner of a .168 batting average. As has been the case lately, Wright quickly fell behind, this time 2-0 to Sands.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pawtucketâ€™s new third baseman came out feeling pretty good about his showing at the hot corner on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śIt was fun to see the game from a different angle,â€ť smiled Jose Iglesias after the PawSox came out on top in a wild 9-8 affair against Indianapolis. â€śIâ€™ve never played third base in my life and it wasnâ€™t bad.â€ť
Iglesias was making his professional debut at third after logging 313 games at shortstop between the majors and minors. His first chance came in the third inning where Iglesias one-hopped a throw to first baseman Drew Sutton. He was charged with an error.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A leading advocacy group for affordable housing released a report today criticizing state government for failing to protect its investments in affordable housing with additional funds for maintenance and operations.
The HousingWorks RI report characterizes affordable housing as an essential component of the stateâ€™s economic development infrastructure. The report, entitled â€śThe Complete Approach to Affordable Housing,â€ť says the state not only needs more affordable housing but should invest more to make sure what it has is sustainable.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To help get unwanted guns off city streets, a Pawtucket Police Gun Buyback program will be held on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police substation at 270 Armistice Blvd. (across from Precision Harley-Davidson). The program is open to all city residents.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite being shot down twice by the City Council, Mayor Donald Grebien is again pushing to hire a business/communications liaison as well as create a new position for an economic development professional who would be funded jointly by the city and the Pawtucket Foundation.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Former State Police superintendent and congressional candidate Brendan Doherty has been nominated to be the next chairman of the board of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility by Mayor James Diossa.
Doherty would replace Steven T. Hartford, who resigned the chairmanship of the five-member board. The panel also includes Ernest â€śGipâ€ť Cabral, Hugo Figueroa, Yedinson A. Rios and Frank Tillinghast.
CRANSTON â€“ Public school teachers from North Smithfield to Newport jammed into the auditorium at Cranston High School West Monday and for well over two hours unloaded a long list of grievances against Education Commissioner Deborah Gist with the stated intention of convincing the new state Board of Education to not renew her contract next month.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Jackie Bradley Jr. is no longer on the disabled list. However, the promising outfielder remains in a holding pattern.
At least for the foreseeable future, Bradley will be subjected to a schedule that the Red Sox put together in an effort to ease him back into full-time duty. He missed nearly two weeks earlier this month due to tendinitis in his right bicep, an injury that he first noticed during Pawtucketâ€™s road trip to Rochester and Buffalo late last month.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 41-year-old city man suffered cuts to his hands after trying to defend himself against two intruders to his Dawson Street home early Sunday morning, police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the man told police he was watching TV at his home at around 1:48 a.m. when two masked men, dressed all in black, entered through an unlocked door. He said that one of the men grabbed him from behind and tried to strangle him and another was armed with a knife.
PAWTUCKET â€” A movie described as a â€śparanormal family dramaâ€ť is set to begin filming scenes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, including at a local Irish bar.
According to a press release from Boston-based tFrog Films, Justine Gendron and Kyle Johannessan announce the filming of principal photography for the short film â€śDevil May Care.â€ť Filming is set for May 23 through May 27 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Locations include Pawtucket's own Galway Bay Pub, as well as St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newburyport, Mass. and Island Grove Park in Abington, Mass.
Mary T. Slaby
PAWTUCKET - Mary T. Slaby 93, of Jeanne Jugan Residence 964 Main Street passed away Sunday May 19, 2013 at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital.
Born in Central Falls she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie (Koziol) Slaby.
Before retiring in 1980 Mary was employed as an Assembler for Carol Cable Co. for 44 years.
For many years Mary was a communicant and active member of St. Joseph's Parish in Central Falls, and a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary of the Orchard Lake Schools.